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Roads turn death trap after a spell of rain

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Tourists prevented from going to Ooty Boat House even after rain ends

The recent spell of heavy rain in Udhagamandalam town has led to water inundating many areas and also the town’s major roads being flooded.

Locals and tourists have been affected by the roads flooding, with entire sections of the town becoming inaccessible, and traffic slowing to a crawl. Officials said that the town received more than 97 mm. of rain since Saturday of last week, and many of the towns important roads, especially Commercial Road, Ettines Road, North Lake Road, Charring Cross and Khandal being affected.

R Ramesh, a local resident living in Ettines Road, said that the rain led to roads getting flooded, which in turn covered up potholes and also sunken manhole covers, putting motorists and pedestrians at risk. The manholes also became dislodged in many places as the Underground Sewage Drains (UGD) were unable to accommodate the quantum of water flowing through them.

Tourists were also prevented from going to the Ooty Boat House even after rain ended as the road leading to the lake, near the Udhagamandalam Railway Station became inundated as the Kodappamund Channel, which runs alongside the road flooded.

G Janardhanan, President of the Ooty Public Awareness Trust, said that the underground sewage drains had become clogged with silt, plastic and other items flowing through it, which leads to the water flowing into the roads through the manholes. “The Kodappamund Channel is also another problem, with even moderate rain leading to it becoming flooded,” added Mr. Janardhanan.

“The sewers and the channel needs to be desilted, while the roads also need to be completely relaid, and only if all these issues are dealt with at the same time can such flooding and damage to roads be prevented,” he added.

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